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Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Cheong Tsang becomes the new operations director at Balmoral Tanks’ Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire, facility. Photo courtesy Balmoral Tanks

Balmoral Tanks Appoints Lockwood, Tsang

Balmoral Tanks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aberdeen-based engineering and manufacturing business, Balmoral Group, announced two senior appointments: Gary Lockwood becomes the new operations director at Balmoral Tanks’ Llantrisant facility in South Wales while Cheong Tsang moves into a similar role in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire.Lockwood has enjoyed a career across the defence, aerospace and electronic contract manufacturing sectors where he has held responsibility for engineering, operations, program management and business development.

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GEG to Power Port of Nigg Facilities with Green Hydrogen

In an eventful week in which its Port of Nigg was selected as a turbine foundation marshaling port for the giant Seagreen offshore wind farm, UK-based Global Energy Group said Thursday it had struck a deal to power its Port of Nigg facilities using green hydrogen, to significantly reduce emissions at the site.The company has teamed up with ScottishPower to identify processes and plant at the facility on Cromarty Firth that could be powered by green hydrogen.Green hydrogen will be generated at the Nigg site and used to power heavy plant…

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Port of Nigg Selected to Support Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm

SSE Renewables and Total have announced that Global Energy Group's Port of Nigg near Inverness has been selected as turbine foundation marshaling port for their giant Seagreen offshore wind farm.The marshaling contract will support 141 skilled jobs at Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg, including the creation of 48 new jobs to be recruited shortly.As part of the contract, the Port of Nigg will serve as marshaling, storage, and logistics base for 114 wind turbine foundation structures destined for the 1,075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm being constructed in Scotland’s Firth of Forth.

Nigg from the air - credit Inverair Drone Services (via GEG)

Global Energy Group Gets Financial Boost for Port of Nigg Facility Expansion

Scottish regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has approved an investment of up to £8.3m in Scottish Government funding for an £18.9m project to develop the East Quay at Global Energy Group's Port of Nigg facility.The project is aimed at helping the Highlands and Islands economy benefit more from the growth in renewable energy development, as well as meeting the needs of GEG's existing clients.Once completed, the new facility is projected to bring…

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Scotland's Seafood Exporters Dealt New Post-Brexit Blow

The post-Brexit woes facing Scotland’s fishing industry deepened on Saturday as its biggest logistics provider, DFDS Scotland, said it would halt exports to the European Union through one of its main services until at least Wednesday.Previously, the company had said it would take until Monday to resume its “groupage” export service - which allows exporters to ship multiple products in a single consignment - while it tries to fix IT issues, paperwork errors and a backlog of goods.The…

The Scottish Maritime Museum has raised £39,835 for essential repairs to MV Kyles, the world’s oldest floating Clyde-built vessel, through a Crowdfunder campaign, more than double the original £15,000 target. Photo Courtesy Scottish Maritime Museum

Crowdfunding Helps to Keep Historic, 148-Year-Old Clyde-built Boat Afloat

The Scottish Maritime Museum’s "Keep the Kyles Afloat" campaign was made possible by the #SupportOurMuseums initiative through which Crowdfunder UK and the Museums Association provide free a Crowdfunder platform to support museums as they face the huge challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.“We are blown away by the support for our campaign to get MV Kyles shipshape for its 150th anniversary in 2022," said David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum. "Thanks to everyone who has donated…

Katy Womersley (Photo: Stream Marine Training)

Womersley Joins Stream Marine Training

Stream Marine Training has boosted its management team as Katy Womersley, former General Manager of Clyde Marine Training, moves over the River Clyde where she takes up the role of Operations Director at Stream Marine Careers.Womersley brings her extensive experience in the maritime industry where, as a former seafarer, she began her career as a deck cadet before qualifying and working in the offshore and short sea trade. Upon moving ashore Katy Womersley was initially responsible for the delivery…

Joe O’Neill, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour and Paul Grant, Trade Director Irish Sea outside Stena Line terminal in Belfast. Photographer: Stena Line

Stena Line Marks a Quarter Century in Belfast

Stena Line celebrates today (November 12, 2020) the 25th anniversary  of the relocation of its ferry services to Belfast from Larne in 1995. In that time the company has achieved a number of key milestones including transporting in excess of 33 million passengers, 7 million cars and almost 7 million freight units.When Stena Line established its Belfast operation in 1995 it operated three ferries to one port in Scotland. Today, that service has expanded to include seven vessels operating year-round services to Cairnryan…

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Maersk Names Zero Carbon Shipping Center's Management Team

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping on Tuesday announced its management team. to join CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen in building an organization capable of facilitating the transition to a carbon free global shipping industry.Made possible by a DKK 400 million ($63.5 million) donation by the A.P. Møller Foundation, the Center was formed in June by a group of global shipping entities committing themselves to decarbonizing the maritime industry. The Center, which recently revealed its Board of Directors and a location at the heart of the Danish Shipping cluster in Copenhagen…

Abigail McIntyre, Senior Curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, pictured with an eighty year old bottle of Scottish whisky salvaged from the 1923 SS Politician, one of Scotland’s most famous shipwrecks and the inspiration for the much-loved Ealing Studio comedy Whisky Galore! The whisky bottle, which was acquired by the Scottish Maritime Museum with the support of the National Fund for Acquisitions at The Grand Whisky Auction, will become part of the Museum’s nationally recognized collection o

Museum Acquires 80-year-old Bottle of Whisky from 'Whisky Galore!' Shipwreck

The Scottish Maritime Museum has successfully bid for an 80-year-old bottle of whisky salvaged from one of Scotland’s most famous shipwrecks and the inspiration for the Ealing Studio comedy Whisky Galore!The unlabelled bottle of blended whisky from the 1923 SS Politician, which ran aground off the Isle of Eriskay in 1941, was acquired by the Scottish Maritime Museum with the support of the National Fund for Acquisitions at The Grand Whisky Auction.The rare find will become part…

Charles Hammond (Photo: Forth Ports)

Nationally Resilient Infrastructure

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the UK's vulnerabilities to the fore. However, breakdown presents an opportunity for breakthrough to create a more resilient UK through COVID-19 recovery, writes Charles Hammond, chief executive of the Forth Ports Group.With the end of the Brexit transition – or negotiating – period six months away, the need for purpose is clearer than ever.Having just completed the construction of a new £250 million Brexit-ready and COVID-19 compliant freight ferry terminal – Tilbury2 – at London’s major port…

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UK Provides Aid for Ferry Operators

Ferry routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been safeguarded, thanks to a multimillion-pound government scheme to help ensure critical freight can continue to move into and across the union.The package, worth up to £17 million ($21 million), is being funded by the U.K. government and the Northern Ireland Executive and will be made available to operators so that they can continue running freight services on five sea routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced further funding…

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Motive Offshore Appoints Leith

Motive Offshore Group appointed David Leith as Rentals Division Manager.Motive Offshore Group has also reported an impressive start to 2020 for its Rentals division, with first quarter results exceeding initial expectations.Launched in 2010 by James Gregg and Dave Acton, Motive Offshore Group is headquartered in Boyndie, Banff, Scotland, with additional offices in Aberdeen, Houston, Norway and the Middle East.

The signing ceremony took place in Tilbury Docks, UK on February 26. Representing Damen was Area Director Frank de Lange, while Forth Ports was represented by COO Stuart Wallace. (Photo: Damen)

Forth Ports Orders Harbor Tug

Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Forth Ports Limited for an ASD Tug 2312. The new vessel will operate as part of the Forth Estuary Towage operation, conducting towage work at various Forth Ports locations as well as providing towage services to other external customers in Scotland.Forth Ports has a range of existing operations in the Forth and Tay Estuaries that will benefit from the acquisition of this new vessel, however, the new vessel will also provide opportunities to service new emerging markets such as decommissioning and offshore wind.

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

Few sea and ocean-related research projects today do not involve some form of underwater robotic or marine autonomous system. Elaine Maslin reports on how they’re being used by the Scottish Association of Marine Science.Whether it’s large autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), gliders, landers, small man-portable AUV systems and even air-borne vehicles, unmanned systems have become a day-to-day tool. And, while ready built systems are now readily available…

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ACL, Peel Ports Sign 15-year Contract

Atlantic Container Line (ACL), a Grimaldi Group Company, has agreed a new 15-year contract extension for container and roll-on/roll-off operations at the Port of Liverpool until 2035. Peel Ports Group is making a significant investment at RSCT to accommodate ACL’s new fleet of G4 vessels, which are registered in the UK and fly the Red Ensign. The passage entrance into the Seaforth Basin has been widened by 28 metres to allow safe access for the large G4 vessels into the terminal.

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Scottish Maritime Sector is on the Rise

The maritime sector in Scotland directly supports nearly $12.9 billion in turnover and 41,000 jobs according to a new report launched at the UK Chamber of Shipping and British Ports Association Scottish reception.The report by the Center for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), commissioned by Maritime UK and the Scottish Maritime Cluster, shows that the marine engineering and scientific industry is the largest industry within the Scottish maritime sector in terms of economic activity…

Seafast Marine Names New RSV

Seafast Marine has named its renewables service vessel (RSV) Isle of Jura at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in The Netherlands.Isle of Jura is a newbuild vessel, constructed at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, and is the second vessel built to a new Damen Renewables Service Vessel design.The RSV, according to Seafast Marine, is for use in the offshore and onshore wind industries. As a business based in Ross-shire in Scotland, Seafast Marine was happy to see it painted in the colors of the country’s Saint Andrew's flag.The Damen RSV 3315…

Global Energy Takes Over Nigg Oil Terminal

Global Energy Group has reached an agreement with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK to take over the long-term operation of the Nigg Oil Terminal jetty under a new lease with Crown Estates Scotland.Since cessation of production from the Beatrice oil field, Repsol Sinopec has been exploring reuse options for the facilities at Nigg Oil Terminal, including the jetty.Under the agreed deal, the jetty will be operated as an extension to the Port of Nigg which has already established itself as a leading deep-water port servicing oil and gas…

SSE Picks Montrose for Seagreen O&M

Dublin-based SSE Renewables, a renewable energy subsidiary of Airtricity, has selected the port of Montrose on the east coast of Scotland to serve as the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for its 1100MW Seagreen offshore wind farm.Situated over 27km off the Angus coastline, Seagreen is the furthest from shore of any Scottish offshore wind farm and is expected to produce enough renewable energy to power over 40% of all households in Scotland. When completed, it will become Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.John Hill…

Eni, Mainstream Eye UK Offshore Wind

Italian oil and gas giant to collaborate with global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) for an offshore wind campaign that will begin in the UK.The Eni partnership will focus on clean energy projects in the UK, as well as Africa and Southeast Asia. The agreement will see Italian firm Eni and MRP collaborate to develop “large-scale renewable assets” in “high-growth markets”.Luca Cosentino, Executive Vice President of Energy Solutions department in Eni said…

The UK maritime sector makes a major contribution to the country’s economy. (Photo© Adobe Stock / harlequin9)

Maritime Contributes $56.8B To UK Economy

A new report commissioned by Maritime UK and the UK’s Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has recognized the contribution of the UK maritime sector to the country’s economy. The report notes that the sector facilitates 95 percent of all UK trade and that it is larger than both the automotive and aerospace transportation sectors, contributing a total of £46.1 billion ($56.8 billion) to the UK’s GVA in 2017, an £8.3 billion increase over 2010. The sector’s direct GVA contribution in 2017 was £17 billion ($21 billion), a 25 percent increase on 2010 (£13.6 billion or $16.8 billion).

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UK Risks Losing Edge in Maritime Services

Britain's position as a top hub for maritime services is being eroded by competition, a loss of shipping finance business and the removal of tycoon-friendly tax breaks, a report said, deepening uncertainty for its financial sector as Brexit nears.The UK has been a pivotal global shipping centre for centuries, especially the City of London, and has dominated marine insurance, ship broking, shipping finance and other maritime services.These contribute $5.6 billion a year to Britain’s economy…

Scottish Govt Takes Over Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine Shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland, is now set to enter public ownership.The Scottish Government has announced that it has reached an agreement with administrators to take the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow into public control.According to government sources, the agreement means two ferries currently under construction at the yard for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) will be completed.A program board has been set up by Scotland's economy secretary…

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JFC Acquires Ortega Submersibles

JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, acquired all the assets, IP and designs rights of Ortega Submersibles BV, a Netherlands-based submersible boat designer and manufacturer. The acquisition will enable JFD to expand further its offering of advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) and to develop new vehicles and capabilities in order to meet increased market demand for specialized small and medium-sized craft.JFD, through its subsidiary JFD Ortega BV, will retain Ortega´s…

Boost for Scrabster Harbor Project

The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbor in Caithness, the North of Scotland, has secured up to GBP3 million investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St. Ola pier to create further deep-water infrastructure and meet anticipated demand from cruise ships and offshore energy supply vessels. It will place the port in an ideal position to service activity in the West of Shetland basin.A new piled quay wall and pier deck will be installed to expand the existing pier.